It’s that time of year again where spring-cleaning goes into action as we prepare for the summer months. If you’re one of the lucky Myrtle Beach pool owners, then getting your pool ready for summer is part of that yearly spring-cleaning! This can be a daunting task for many, so we’ve included some great tips on how to prepare your Myrtle Beach pool for summer and make sure everyone has a safe, enjoyable experience.
First, make sure all equipment is running if it hasn’t been on all winter. Check around the pump for small leaks, as they are much easier to repair if they’re small. Most people run their Myrtle Beach pool all year, so regular inspection to make sure it’s in good working order is essential. Look for cracks in the basket where debris could get through. Well-maintained pumps can last 15-20 years.
It’s a good idea to hire a professional Myrtle Beach pool service to test your water for high levels of TDS or “total dissolved solids.” This means the water is getting too hard for the chemicals to work properly. If the pool needs to be drained, have the service person also clean up the interior of your Myrtle Beach pool with an acid wash. He can also clean the tile. Hard water is what causes the white, chalky ring sometimes found around all the tile.
After testing the water, you’ll want to “shock” the water by boosting the level of chlorine to 5.0 or higher. This is easily done yourself with chemicals you can buy from a local Myrtle Beach pool dealer. Shocking the water will neutralize anything the chlorine has killed, and should be done throughout the season.
Take a close look at all the safety features in and around your Myrtle Beach pool. This includes checking ladders, diving boards and fencing around the pool to see that they are structurally sound. Fences need to be secure with self-closing gates that latch automatically. Remember, a safety fence is not an option for your Myrtle Beach pool—it is a requirement by law.
Underwater light bulbs can be changed in a dry pool, or with water in the pool. It will conserve energy if you use LED bulbs, which now come in a variety of colors and last for several years. Incandescent light bulbs can use up to 75% more energy than LED bulbs!
Cleaning your filter regularly makes sure that the pump does not have too much stress on it. Call a Myrtle Beach pool pro to do this task for you, as they can get it done quickly and correctly. You’ll want to do this before and after the swimming season.
Each year, a stone deck should be sealed. This can be messy, so it’s best to have a professional do it. In general, other decks can be cleaned with laundry soap and a good scrubbing.
Weekly Maintenance For Your Myrtle Beach Pool
You can do some simple tasks yourself for basic maintenance, or hire a pool service to maintain your pool for you throughout the season. This would include using a net to remove loose debris, vacuuming the bottom of the pool and making sure the skimmer basket is empty. You could even buy an automatic cleaner which vacuums for you. Also, check each week to see that the chemicals are balanced.
As many Myrtle Beach pool owners already know, it’s great to hire a pool service to maintain your pool for you. All you need to do is jump in and start splashing. Here’s to a happy, healthy and safe swim season!
Call Elko today for all your pool chemicals, services and help getting your Myrtle Beach pool ready for summer fun.
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588